And in the case of an athlete, no one is crowned without competing according to the rules. (2 Timothy 2:5 NRSV)
Rules, rules. We all have rules we won't break. Some joggers are fundamentalists about their jogging. "No matter that it's raining or snowing. It's 5:30 a.m. My exercise regimen must be followed with precision! Signed, Fundamentally yours, the Jogger."

There are Monday Night Football fundamentalists (that's me!), toilet-paper-over versus toilet-paper-under fundamentalists. No white shoes after Labor Day fundamentalists. One and only one Christmas present opened on Christmas Eve fundamentalists. We are all fundamentalists about something.

We all choose to erect certain foundational pillars which we use to support the weight of our attitudes and actions. And there's nothing wrong with that. Fundamentalism only becomes a problem when we attach handles to those pillars, transforming them into hammers to pound others into conformity to our rules.

Loving God, may my main concern be about my conformity to your will. Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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